They earned gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medals and competed against the best in the world, and now nine with Dakota County connections received more recognition closer to home.
The nine athletes were recognized Tuesday, Sept. 21, for their accomplishments as the Dakota County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Tuesday as Dakota County Olympian and Paralympian Day. The athletes earned a total of 12 medals in Tokyo between August and September.
“It’s quite remarkable to have this many athletes participating — and winning — from one county,” Board Chair Mary Liz Holberg said.
Olympic athletes recognized include:
Megan Kalmoe, raised in South St. Paul, was the first-ever U.S. four-time Olympian in rowing. She placed in the top 10 in women’s pair rowing.
Sunisa Lee, a South St. Paul High School graduate, won the gold medal in women’s all-around gymnastics, a silver in the team event and a bronze in uneven bars. Lee also placed in the top five on the balance beam.
Payton Otterdahl, a Rosemount native, placed in the top 10 in men’s shotput.
Regan Smith, a Lakeville resident, won silver in the women’s swimming 200-meter butterfly, a silver in the 4x100 meter medley relay and a bronze in the 100-meter backstroke, and she placed in the top five in the mixed 4x100 meter medley relay.
Gable Steveson, an Apple Valley High School graduate, won the gold medal in men’s freestyle wrestling as a heavyweight.
Patrick Sunderman, a Farmington resident, shot his way to a top-12 finish in the men’s 50-meter Rifle 3 Positions shooting event.
Paralympic athletes recognized include:
Josh Cinnamo, a Lakeville resident, won a bronze medal in men’s shotput.
Ian Seidenfeld, a Lakeville resident, won the gold medal in men’s singles table tennis Class 6 and placed in the top nine in the men’s team Class 9-10 event.
Mallory Weggemann, an Eagan native, swam to a gold medal finish in the women’s 100-meter backstroke, a gold in the 200-meter individual medley and a silver in the 50-meter butterfly. She placed in the top five in the 100-meter freestyle and in the top seven in the 50-meter freestyle.